Interfaith Neighbors is set to begin construction of two residential projects approved by the City of Asbury Park — the 20-unit Parkview Residences on Springwood Avenue and a five-bedroom home on Prospect Avenue for young men needing temporary housing while learning to live independently.
The Parkview project is a mixed income development comprised of 10 three-story ownership-investment properties.
“The first floor flat is a one-bedroom unit and the two-level upper unit is three bedrooms,” said Patrick Durkin, Interfaith Neighbors Director of Real Estate Development. “The purchaser of the property could decide which unit to occupy. We assume most would rent the ground floor one-bedroom unit, but it would not have to be that way.”
Shore Point Architects of Ocean Grove is the architect and the same firm that designed the Springwood Center which lies diagonally across the avenue from the Parkview residences. Interfaith Neighbors built the Center which houses the Kula Café, the Asbury Park Senior Center, Interfaith’s Business Development Center, eight affordable apartments, the Ocean Family Success Center, and satellite Asbury Park police offices.
The new Parkview residences also will be directly across the street from Springwood Avenue Park which opened last summer. Monday night concerts from late June through August lit up the avenue with musicians, city residents, music lovers from nearby towns, dancing, children playing in the park, and refreshments. Those concerts, presented by the Asbury Park Music Foundation and funded in part by Interfaith Neighbors, are set to continue this summer.
The second project this spring is known as the Rights of Passage transitional home for young men at 520 Prospect Ave with construction of a second home for young women needing temporary housing possible on adjacent land in the future. Covenant House operates the program to help young people in the process of gaining independent and secure housing.
“These two projects will advance in a meaningful and substantive way some of the work we have been doing within the West Side community over the past ten years,” said Paul McEvily, Interfaith’s Co-Executive Director. “First, with respect to the Parkview Residences, this architecturally pleasing, mixed use development project will include both market rate and affordable housing units, thus expanding the economic spectrum of households investing in and residing on Springwood Avenue — a sure sign that the Springwood Corridor continues to show real signs of rebirth and revitalization.”
“And second, the Rights of Passage project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with Covenant House, allows us to fulfill a long held desire to address the problem of homelessness experienced all too often by young adults in Asbury Park,” McEvily said. “Homelessness of our young people is a problem we became aware of while administering the NJ Youth Corps of Monmouth County. While we still really don’t understand why the State of New Jersey felt it necessary to de-fund this critical program, the daily struggles of these young adults continue and we continue to try and find effective ways to address their many needs.”
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